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Monthly Archives: July, 2015

EDSON GALLAUDET’S GLORIOUS FLYING MACHINES

THE NAME Edson Fesseden Gallaudet may not come to mind with the likes of the Wright Brothers or Glenn Curtiss, but it deserves a lot more than a footnote. His … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

BENZ MOTORWAGEN ADVENTURES

KARL BENZ built perhaps 25 automobiles between the granting of his 1886 patent and 1893, and Patent-Motorwagen No. 3 had a particularly adventurous life: In 1888, Karl’s wife Bertha and … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE SCHÉHÉRAZADE OF DIAGHILEV (AND BAKST)

“IMPRESARIO” CONJURES up the image of a larger-than-life individual, not just an artistic director of something or other, but one whose influence extends considerably further. Serge Diaghilev, founder of the … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

ENGLISH AS LINGUA FRANCA?

HAS ENGLISH become the world’s lingua franca? I offer two examples of this—and dispel one folk legend. A nuanced example involves computer science. A recent one definitively pertains to a … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

NIKUMARORO PERSON? KENNEWICK MAN?

WITHOUT SCIENCE, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, I wouldn’t know the latest in the search for Amelia Earhart. Nor would I know who … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

NON-DEPRESSING TALES OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

ADVERSITY BREEDS its own humor, and the Great Depression is a perfect example of this. I’ve been enjoying The WPA Guide to America, whence came a lot of delightful tales. … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

OIL CRISES I HAVE KNOWN—AND LIVED THROUGH

FOR MORE than two years, we’ve had declining gasoline prices nationwide. (Congress: Investigate this skullduggery!) However, now it seems to be over in California. Not shortages, mind; just increases in price. … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · 3 Comments